In Old Arizona (1928) 1080p

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23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
95 min
IMDB Rating:
5.6 / 10 
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Directors: Irving Cummings [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Army Sergeant Mickey Dunn sets out in pursuit of the Cisco Kid, a notorious if kind-hearted and charismatic bandit of the Old West. The Kid spends much of his loot on Tonia, the woman he loves, not realizing that she is being unfaithful to him in his absence. Soon, with her oblivious paramour off plying his trade, Tonia falls in with Dunn, drawn by the allure of a substantial reward for the Kid's capture -- dead or alive. Together, they concoct a plan to ambush and do away with the Cisco Kid once and for all. —Shannon Patrick Sullivan


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Early talkie with plenty of charm.

Even though Warner Baxter won an Oscar for his engaging role as the "Cisco Kid" in this film, I feel the plaudits really belong to Edmund Lowe ("Sgt. Mickey Dunn"), both of whom are being quite effectively played off by the sexy Dorothy Burgess ("Tonia") who is like a cat with two balls of wool! She deduces that there is marginally more loot in to for her to side with the soldier and together they hatch plan to trap the "Kid" and claim the substantial reward. Both Baxter - with a slightly dodgy accent - and Lowe exude quite a degree of charming charisma in this, and Burgess with "You komm ziss way, often?" has a playfulness that certainly ensures there is no menace at all to this. Indeed, it is a sort of Zorro-esque comedy romance that frequently raised a smile. The audio, given this is a very early talkie, is every bit as good as some of the dull-muted efforts being produced 90 years later, and the outdoor photography is fluid and well lit. True, there's not much to it - but it is still quite a enjoyable, well made film with a couple of songs (including a rousing rendition of " Ta-ra-ra Boom" in the barber's) to keep it alive and kicking!

Old West goes a-riding

While Western, which 'In Old Arizona' is classified under when it comes to genres, is not my favourite genre in film (mystery, thriller and animation are the personal favourites, and also love musicals). There are though many Western classics, naming them though here will be unfair however, there are several Western icons in cinema (John Wayne being one of the best kown) and have always appreciated the genre. Am not really biased towards or against any film genre really.

'In Old Arizona' is most notable for two things. One being that it is the first talkie Western. The other being that the film's star Warner Baxter received the second Best Actor Academy Award in the awards' history, following on from Emil Jannings in 'The Last Command'. So of course there was interest as to how 'In Old Arizona' would hold up and also if Baxter was deserving of the Oscar. Seeing the film, it is an interesting and quite enjoyable film, but it does show its age and there are better Westerns about. The main reason to see it is historical interest, but of course that's not the only reason.

The film still looks pretty good and doesn't have too much of a primitive look. The big budget for the time shows in the handsomely produced sets and the photography is stylish. There is some witty scripting and the story engages enough, with some rousing action and charming moments.

Also spirited performances from Baxter and Dorothy Burgess (seldom better), Baxter's Oscar win didn't strike me as an undeserving one. While not being one of the ones that sticks in the mind unforgettably.

Pacing though could have been much tighter, as some of it is somewhat static and causes the story to creak. Some other parts of the script are rather awkward and doesn't have the zest that the dialogue for the two leads have. The editing could have done with more tautness.

Likewise with the direction. The supporting performances to me were not as good as the leads, some exaggerated acting going on from particularly Edmund Lowe.

Concluding, worth the look if not an essential. 6/10

In Old, Old Hollywood

In Old Arizona was probably one of the two pictures of the 1928/29 "season" -- the other being The Broadway Melody -- that finally brought home to a resistant industry that sound was here to stay, rather than just a passing fad. As the first outdoor all-talkie, it tends to be remembered merely as a technical milestone, while patronized for its now primitive seeming sound film technique, stilted acting style, and slow pacing. In fact it is a surprisingly enjoyable movie.

A rather tongue-in-cheek Western, the emphasis is on character, color, and humor, rather than action. Not for fans of the shoot-'em-down-by-the-dozen Spaghettios, but well-tailored for those who like quieter, more subtle Western stories, even for those who normally don't like Westerns. Full of crackling dialog, authentic to the 1890's time setting, colorful, well-developed characters, and easy, ribald humor. In fact much of the humor was down-right raunchy. If you have ever wondered what they were saying in those 1920's silent flickers when it just showed them moving their lips and grinning naughty-like, this picture will clue you in! In Old Arizona rises above the limitations and the novelty aspect of the early sound equipment to present genuine entertainment -- the main point of a movie. Much of the credit for this goes to the three principle players. Warner Baxter is charming and exciting in his Academy Award-winning performance as the Cisco Kid. Edmund Lowe is a good foil for the roguish bandit as a cocky Bowery-bred Army sergeant out to collect the reward for Cisco's hide -- and his girl as well. Dorothy Burgess absolutely sizzles as Cisco's flirtatious, mercenary, and unfaithful mistress. The three stars get a big boost of support from Soledad Jimenez, as Burgess' sardonic old cook. Of course they all over-act -- at least by the standards of this present generation, who are so low key, one sometimes wonders if actually conscious. This picture is played mostly for laughs, a fun romp rather than a serious Western.

Much unfair criticism due to misunderstanding has been repeated in this forum. Ms. Burgess was not acting with a silent movie style. She never made a silent picture, but came to Hollywood from a successful career as a Broadway actress and dancer. Baxter was not an American playing Mexican. Cisco stated that he was actually Portuguese, rather than native Mexican. Acting style in this an other movies of the era was not quite so stilted as some think. It hasn't apparently occurred to some pundits that real-life people in times more than a century past may have actually acted and spoken with a completely different style than this generation.

Never mind. In Old Arizona was stiff all right. But the sets, costumes, and cinematography were first-rate, story engaging, dialog funny, snappy. Refreshingly absent were the inner titles between scene changes seen in many early talkies released as much as four years later. In Old Arizona is an entertaining picture all the way through, and a giant-step toward the wonderful mature sound movies of Hollywood's Golden Era.
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